Brush Up on Your History: Hamilton Is Making its Way to Disney+ 

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July 3rd is going to be a good day—the film that captures the magic of Hamilton: An American Musical will officially start streaming on Disney+. Hamilton won both the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best New Musical—no surprise for the show that’s been a cultural phenomenon since its first off-Broadway performance back in 2015. It’s also been the inspiration for spin-off novels, behind-the-scenes books and new biographies that explore this founding father and revolutionary time in history. As you prepare to watch this mesmerizing live performance in the comfort of your home, check out our collection of Hamilton books and music and brush up on your history.

Alexander Hamilton

This bestselling biography was an impulse purchase in an airport bookstore for Lin-Manuel Miranda and his inspiration for creating Hamilton. Ron Chernow won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Biography for his book Washington: A Life, and continues to unearth stories of American history, most recently with Grant—focusing on the life of the Union Army General and 18th president of the United States. Chernow’s biography of Hamilton paints a portrait of a man misunderstood throughout history and sheds light on the story of America’s birth through his eyes. If you’re looking to understand Hamilton’s backstory and dive into a richly written history lesson, this is the place to start.

Hamilton: The Revolution

This backstage pass collects photos, interviews and exclusive footnotes from composer-lyricist-star Lin-Manuel Miranda that traces the progression of this award-winning musical from a performance at The White House Poetry Jam to its opening night on Broadway six years later. This is the definitive must-have guide for any Hamilton fan, and our Barnes & Noble exclusive edition includes a poster showcasing the lyrics from “My Shot,” stunning portraits from photographer Josh Lehrer, and a bonus CD featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda performing libretto annotations.

Alex and Eliza: A Love Story (Alex and Eliza Series #1) 

If you’re looking to build on the romantic angle of Hamilton, this fictionalized series follows the relationship of a young Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler. Melissa de la Cruz, author of The Witches of East End and the Descendants series, brings forth an epic love story that starts at the beginning—back to 1777 and the fateful first meeting of two lovers who would go on to forever change the course of American history. The entire trilogy that ends with All for One is now available in paperback and is one YA historical romance you won’t be able to put down.

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